Philosophy Café meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm, at J & B Coffee (26th and Boston). Discussion is typically led by one of the members of the Philosophy Department, who gives a brief presentation of some issue or question.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 6:00 pm
Professor Francesca di Poppa, Texas Tech University
Freedom of Conscience for Health Care Professionals
A doctor refuses to perform an abortion because she has moral objections to the procedure. A pharmacist refuses to seprescription contraceptives because contraception is against her religious beliefs. What kind of assumptions ground the notion that health care professionals should be allowed exemptions from professional duties if such duties conflict with their religious or moral beliefs? Is there a line we can draw between ‘acceptable’ exemptions and ‘unacceptable’ ones? What about the patient’s autonomy?